Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Tosh Targets a ConocoPhillips Double - 23 March 2010

Pamela Tosh will use the ConocoPhillips 5Km at Balmoral as a key race in her preparations for May's Edinburgh marathon. The Aberdeen AAC runner won on Royal Deeside last year, clocking a women's course record of 18:46 when finishing 16secs ahead of up-and-coming teenager Rhona Auckland (Banchory Stonehaven).

Pamela hopes to take advantage of Edinburgh's predominantly downhill course to dip under the 3 hour barrier.
She clocked 3hr 2min 15sec on her marathon debut at Loch Ness last October when she finished in third position.
But before finalising her preparations for Edinburgh, Tosh is determined to run well in the grounds of the Royal Household.

She said:"I'll definitely be doing the 5Km at Balmoral because it was great fun last year and its good for me to try to maintain some level of speedwork." Pamela's preparations were hampered by a knee injury earlier this winter but she's now well on the way back to full fitness.

She set a personal best of 80min 40sec in the Inverness half marathon on 14th March, finishing second behind Melissa Whyte (Inverness Harriers). Pamela will also compete in the Garioch 10Km as part of her preparations for Balmoral.
Tosh will line-up in a record field of 700 runners in the ConocoPhillips race. It's the first time the event has sold out so far in advance of the advertised closing date. The Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km has also sold out with all 2,400 places having been taken up a couple of weeks ago.

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